CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - Midwest nonprofit IFF welcomes Chicago planning and development leader Terri Haymaker as its vice president of Real Estate Services. Haymaker brings to the role 15 years’ experience in planning and launching redevelopment efforts at the municipal level, including over 120 city construction projects that created over 4 million square feet of new civic facilities in Chicago since 2008.

Replacing Terry Pieniazek, who retired in April after three successful years at IFF, Haymaker will oversee the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of over 20 real estate and housing professionals. Formed in 1997, IFF’s Real Estate Services department offers nonprofits such consulting and owner’s representative services as on-site project oversight, facility assessments, site searches, and financial packaging assistance in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The team has completed over 600 projects totaling $305 million and 2 million square feet of constructed or renovated space.

"Terri Haymaker joins IFF with a strong commitment to our mission, a deep understanding of real estate, and keen leadership skills that will boost an already terrific team," IFF CEO Joe Neri said. "She values relationships as much as we do, with a background in collaborating well with stakeholders at all levels, and will quickly contribute to our mission of transforming neighborhoods for public good as we expand further throughout the Midwest."

For 20 years, Haymaker has worked for the city of Chicago, most recently as chief planning officer for the Public Building Commission. She also has been deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, overseeing the redevelopment of the Central Region; and executive director of the Greater Northwest Development Corporation, where she played a key role in community redevelopment activities.

Haymaker’s community involvement includes serving on committees for the American Planning Association, Lambda Alpha International - Chicago Chapter Board, Urban Land Institute’s Building Re-Use Task Force, and Women in Planning and Development. Her efforts have been recognized by the Urban Land Institute, which in 2012 awarded her the ULI Women’s Leadership Scholarship. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"I have always admired the impact that mission-driven organizations have on communities and I am honored to lead IFF’s Real Estate Services team," Haymaker said. "I look forward to enriching the expertise and resources that we offer to growing nonprofits through our Chicago and regional teams."

About IFF
IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income populations and individuals with disabilities. From child care to senior housing, IFF works closely with clients from every sector, offering affordable, flexible financing; full-scale real estate consulting; and community development services. Since 1988, we have made over $536 million in loans, leveraged $1.9 billion in community investments, and grown our total managed assets to $308 million.

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